NEW YORK, Jan. 24 - Applied Biosystems reported that fiscal second-quarter earnings contracted amid floundering sales of its gene-research instruments and increased R&D spending.

The company said that net income for the three-month period ended Dec. 31 fell to $49 million, or 23 cents a share, from $58 million, or 26 cents a share, in the same period last year.

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